Numerous departments fight fire at assisted living home

By KBJR News 1

August 25, 2014 Updated Aug 25, 2014 at 9:54 PM CDT

Brookston, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Firefighters from several Northland fire departments stepped up to help battle a large fire at an assisted living facility.

The fire broke out just before three at the Stonehaven care home in Brookston.

That's about 30 miles Northwest of Duluth.

Firefighters were still being called to the scene nearly five hours after the first call.

It was a stubborn fire that kept a number of rural fire department on their toes this afternoon - and into the evening.

Officials say the fire started in the basement and quickly spread up to the roof.

Firefighters quickly evacuated the building, getting everyone out safely without any injuries.

Fire departments were repeatedly calling for mutual aid hours after arriving on scene.

"The person that reported the call said that there was smoke coming from the basement, and we were told that all of the residents got out safely," said Ben LaFave of the Fond du lac Police Department.

"Since I've been here the roof's caught fire, there are flames everywhere, they're trying to keep the fire away from the garage they were.... just hectic," said neighbor Shawn Mortensen.

Culver, Alborn, Brevator, Fond du Lac, Arrowhead fire and rescue, and the Industrial volunteer fire departments all worked together to fight the blaze.

Currently there is not any word on what may have sparked the fire.

The fire remains under investigation.

Elsa Robins